Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
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“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)
The character gets repetitive in self loathing and incompetence of skills. Couldnt even finish series and it started out really well.
I enjoyed book one. It was a time of growth and learning for a very gifted child. I could understand his shortcomings in the first book. Book one works because it seemed to promise that Fitz would become this powerful skill user by the second book. Some things just do not make any sense at all. He has all this training on how to kill people silently and becomes wicked good with an axe, but is constantly punked by Regal and any other skill user. We only see the story from his point of view so why can we see what's happening but
on numerous occasions but he can not. The first book seemed to give us the promise if he could only live to grow up he would be a force to reckon with. All the good guys are really dumb and all the bad guys are really clever. There is no gray area the good guys are good and love the king and the bad guys are bad and want to follow Regal and bring down the kingdom. Thankfully I read some of the reviews for the next book and see that he will never reach his potential. I am not sure if I have ever been so disappointed with the sheer ineptness of a character with so much promise as I have with Fitz. I will not be reading any more of the books in this series.
This series is worth a listen. While it is not super fast paced it does somehow keep you engaged and never bored. I would have to place it in the top 15 of the hundreds of audio books i have listened to.
The fact that the main character is not always right, makes lots of mistakes, is immature at times, all while feeling like he is in control and knows exactly what he should be doing, really makes him feel like a normal guy.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I first stumbled upon Robin Hobb thanks to the Liveship Traders books and fell in love with the writing style. The only reason I gave them a shot was because my favorite author, George R R Martin, said anything written by Hobb was gold (or something similiar).
Slowly over the years I have read more of Hobb's books and the Farseer Trilogy is becoming a favorite. Fitz is just a great character and the narrator does a great job. I'm definitely looking forward to listening to the third book in the series.
Do I think the trilogy worth a listener's hard earned credits? Yes I do! Think medieval fantasy with a hint of magic, not high fantasy, which I have found I like best.
For background, my other favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
If you're looking for interesting, compelling characters, look somewhere else. Hobb and her works are widely celebrated, though I am unsure of the reasons behind this. The names of her characters are rather lazy, hidden under an excuse, but that is forgivable. What are less forgivable are the characters themselves. They are dreadful. The main character Fitz, must spend 80% of his time in the book lamenting over either his relationship with the wolf and other dogs, or his girl friend. It becomes very tiresome very quickly, but the book is extremely long anyway. Most of the plot twists are predictable, and the villains are not brilliant and do not deserve the success they have for so much of the book and series. It is simply that the heros are not heroic. I do not mean this is a: they are not knights in shining armor, instead they have dark sides kind of way. That would be good. Instead I mean the heroes are just bad at being heroes. Fitz and Verity and the Fool bumble for thousands of pages (over the series) and finally pull it together at the end. I do not enjoy reading about people whining and failing for no conceivable reason. I did not finish the series, instead looking up the plot of the last book on wikipedia out of a morbid curiosity.
I know I am in the minority in not enjoying this book, but with the wealth of other series and authors in this genre, I would not recommend this book. There are so many other series that are actually enjoyable and much more worth reading
Absolutely not. There are tons of significantly better authors within the genre who merit a chance instead (Martin, Cook, Sullivan, Sanderson, Jordan, Lynch, Abercrombie to name just a few)
Honestly, I was so distracted by the poor quality of the story itself that I didn't even notice the narrator. I'm sure he did his best.
Some of the concepts were ok, but there was nothing particularly worthwhile about this story.
Don't believe the hype around this author. This book is both a waste of money and of time.
Maybe if I was in the mood for an energy draining, pain inflicting, experience. An experience that left me with the feeling of... hmmm the hero could have been my next door neighbor only more predictable, less heroic, and fully miserable all the time. If you were given a super power would you just "kind of use it". No one else could do this special thing but you have the power but no inclination? I had a hard time with some of the "Human" traits brought out in the characters. But I liked the book to continue reading it through to the end.This was my first time reading a Robin Hobb story, I don't know anything about the author or his other works. I did like some of his writing style, and may read something in the future as some authors change their style and mood between works.
No, of course not. Although the trend, for the last decade in movies and books has been to take joy out of the story, any story, and replace it with 'Real' practical experiences, misery and anti-climatic endings. This story was no different. I have hope though, that some epic fantasy authors will try something different... maybe a happy ending filled with magic and joy, something that leaves the reader with a feeling that by reading the book, it has somehow fundamentally changed the way the reader wants to live their life. Makes the reader want to be better. Breath of fresh air. This was not that book.
At first no, but he grew on me. His voice is very light and doesn't resonate very well, however he is technically a master. His tones and delivery are excellent. At one point I was so disgusted with the story, that I wasn't sure why I was still listening. I determined that is was Paul voice and delivery. Although Robin's story was kind of dark and dreary, Paul's voice was the light, and filled me with a kind of hope, that kept me moving through endless awkward predicaments.
Yes, the hole left in my foot by the nail I drove through it, is healing well. Luckily the Elf Bark tea has blocked all thoughts about my reading experience.
If your not into animal stories, or human/animal relationships you may want to stay away from this series. Although the title says assassin, and makes you think of castles, a lot of the book revolves around animals in great detail to the point where I wondered why it wasn't called wolf prince or the like. However if you love animals and animal behavior and relationships, you will probably love this trilogy.
So glad I didn't give up on this series because the 2nd book was amazing!! I found the first book quite forgettable & it just didn't stand out at all for me. I had trouble even recalling what the story was about. This book totally gripped me & I was completely hooked on what would happen next. Now I'm hoping the 3rd book wraps it up nicely & provides for excellent adventure.
Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
Wonderful series, great character development, and a super listen. As with most epic tales at some point the story drags a little, but overall still a 5 star with me.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
As the title says this is #2 in the series. If you have not read book #1 you will not enjoy this book. Book one, develops the main characters and if you start here you will think he is some whinny sick boy. You must read book one to understand the characters.
If you have read book one, then you are in for a treat. When I first read this series I actually liked the second book better then the first. In this book there is less of Chade and more of the Fool. There is more about the wit, a talent I believe would be great to have. Fitz starts the story out sick and pretty much stays sick and hurt throughout the book. Regal has a bigger meaner part in this and Verity leaves Buck Keep.
Like most of Hobb's books you really get caught up in the lives of these people. Hobb does better character development then anyone I know. For the second reading this did get a little long, yet I still enjoyed it, though not as much as the first time. All of Hobb's characters are flawed, even though the leading character tries hard to do well. I did get a little frustrated with the way Fitz treated Molly. If I had been in the same situation I am sure I would have chosen the girl over the King, but I am not Fitz.
The Liveship series is my favorite series by anyone and then Hobb's Forrest Mage series and then this series. I hope to soon complete the Dragon series, which may bump this series down to 4th place.
I have also started to enjoy reading Hobb's first books, written under the name of Megan Lindholm, I hope they come out on audible.
Narrator is excellent.
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